Entertainment / Arts

The Bera Fest 2017 on 26 November

Views - 21 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

Naadro, which has had a significant and unmistakeable presence in the percussion industry in Sri Lanka for 10 years is set to celebrate with a novel concept, ‘The Bera Fest’.


‘Out of Time’ at Curve Tapas Bar on 22 Nov

Views - 7 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

Curve Tapas Bar – promoting excellent live bands weekly presents ‘Out of Time’ a blues and rock based dance band, with a set comprising classic improvised covers of tracks by bands/artistes such as The Rolling Stones and


‘Remembering Ru’ tribute concert on Sunday

Views - 6 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

This year marks the 10th death anniversary of one of Sri Lanka’s finest choral directors, Ruwani Seimon who passed away of cancer in November, 2007.


Carey College OBU’s ‘Maroon and Blue’ Ball on Sunday

Views - 8 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

The Maroon & Blue Ball 2017 Dinner Dance presented by the Carey College Old Boys Union Kicks off on 18 November at Crystal Ballroom – Taj Samudra Hotel from 7:30 p.m


Korea International Cooperation Agency’s Korea Festival in Sri Lanka

Views - 41 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held ‘Korea Speech Contest’ on the 4th November (Saturday).


Cultural extravaganza at Vihara Mahadevi Open Air Theatre

Views - 11 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

To celebrate70 years of India’s Independence, a special festival – UTSAV – Glimpses of India, will be organised by Indian Cultural Centre from 17-19 November at the Vihara Mahadevi Open Air Theatre in Colombo.



‘Seven: The Seeker, The Thinker’: A premier of three choreographic dances

Views - 16 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

‘Seven: The Seeker, the Thinker’ is bringing in a dance treat to all art lovers this November at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Col 7. Choreographed and directed by Umeshi Rajeendra of Mesh Academy of Dance,


Remembering Ru: Tribute concert for Ruwani Seimon

Views - 242 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

Among many other things, Ruwani Seimon is remembered as passionate and defiant: Passionate about the things that mattered most to her — family, her children, her students, and music; and defiant amidst all the challenges life


‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ at Majestic and Empire Cineplex

Views - 17 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is an upcoming American Christmas comedy film directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and a sequel to the 2016 film Bad Moms. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn


Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop: Encouraging the art of creative writing in Sri Lanka

Views - 8 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

Home grown Sri Lankan corporate, Fairway Holdings, hosted the second annual Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop on 3 and 4 November. Over 150 amateur writers took part in the two-day workshop at the Lakshman


Season finale concert of CMSC

Views - 30 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo proudly presents its ‘Season Finale’ concert for 2017, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on Tuesday, 5 December at 7:30 p.m. The concert is supported by the Premier Sponsor of the CMSC,


Art in the Village brings Thunveni Yamaya to The Sooriya Village

Views - 9 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Art in the Village is back for a fourth time this 5 November, from 7 p.m. onwards at The Sooriya Village, bringing Thunveni Yamaya (translation: Third Part of the Night), a 1983 black and white film directed by Kala Keerthi Dharmasiri Bandaranayake.


Riga Orthodox Chamber Choir Blagovest on visit to Sri Lanka

Views - 3 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

The Riga Orthodox Chamber Choir Blagovest was founded in 1990 with an aim to popularise forgotten treasures of Russian sacred music under the leader and founder of the choir Aleksander Brandavs. The Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Latvi


Shankar’s Int’l Children’s Competition at Indian Cultural Centre to celebrate Children’s Day

Views - 8 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

To commemorate Children’s Day, which falls on 14 November every year, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), Colombo will organise a painting, drawing an


‘Rag’ opens today

Views - 6 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Are you ready for the Rag? Well the cast definitely is, and Colombo may well be too, as this long-awaited production finally prepares to wow audiences at the Lionel Wendt on 2, 4 and 5 November! Ever since the box office opened, tickets have been mov


Colorful cosmic adventure ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ at Majestic and Empire Cineplex

Views - 8 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011›s ‘Thor’ and 2013’s ‘


Gratiaen Prize 2017 open for submissions

Views - 36 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Submissions for the Gratiaen Prize 2017 will be open from 1 to 31 December. Themed a ‘25-year journey with Lankan literature’ the 2017 prize marks the silver jubilee of the award. The prize will be open to multiple genres including fiction, poetr


Zeppelin turns tables to bring back vinyls and record players from near extinction

Views - 15 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Zeppelin has, throughout its 35-year history, brought in outstanding and innovative products. Now, to help Sri Lankans ride the wave of vinyl’s revival they have introduced this cool belt-driven three speed Briefcase Record Player with true portabi


‘Seven: The Seeker, The Thinker’: Premiere of three choreographic dances

Views - 34 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

‘Seven: The Seeker, the Thinker’ is bringing in a dance treat to all art lovers this November at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Col. 7.


230i huffed and puffed and drew massive crowds to the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

Views - 13 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

230i, one of Sri Lanka’s most innovative digital media agencies, recently partnered with the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale to create awareness, stimulate conversation and engage audiences.


Exquisite Yashoda on ‘Anything But …. with Kumar de Silva’

Views - 21 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Kumar sings in Hindi and Yashoda speaks in French … all in an Anglo-Franco-Sinhala-Hindi fruit salad as the exquisite Yashoda Wimaladharma brings her simple grace and dignified charm to ‘Anything But


Alliance Française of Kotte in Colombo to launch new library and Campus France information corner

Views - 11 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

With the school year getting on the way, the Alliance Française of Kotte in Colombo will organise a special opening evening on Thursday 19 October, to celebrate the launch of its new library and its Campus France information corner.


‘Dialog Ridma Reyak 2017’ musical extravaganza on Sunday

Views - 24 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

For the second consecutive year, premier telecommunication service provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, will support the much-anticipated musical extravaganza ‘Ridma Reyak’ on 29 October at the BMICH.


All-island essay and art competition on ‘Unity in Diversity is the Strength of Our Nation’ awards ce

Views - 24 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

After three decades of deadly war, consequent devastations rendered Sri Lankan society with bitter communal divisions and estrangement


The Fairway Galle Literary Festival from 24 to 28 January

Views - 11 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

The much-awaited Fairway Galle Literary Festival returns for the ninth time at its home, the UNESCO World heritage site of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.


Concert for the centenary of the Russian Revolution 1917-2017

Views - 31 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

This year marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution. It is the first state installed by workers and peasants. Globally it is termed as the October Revolution.


Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop 2017

Views - 22 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Fairway Holdings will conduct its second English Creative Writing Workshop on 3 and 4 November at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies.


Kelani Cables brings ‘Prabhanandaya’ to ‘Nelum Pokuna’

Views - 8 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

The musical evening ‘Prabhanandaya’ that showcases versatile artistes and is presented by the Welfare Society of Kelani Cables PLC will be held on 11 November at ‘Nelum Pokuna’ at 6 p.m.


Hindustani violin recital today by Dr. Somasiri Illesinghe and disciples

Views - 8 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Indian Cultural Centre will be organising a Hindustani violin recital by renowned violinist of Sri Lanka Dr. Somasiri Illesinghe and his disciples, on 20 October at 6 p.m. at Indian Cultural Centre Auditorium, 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.


Today's Columnists

Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.


Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.


The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000


Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Friday, 17 November 2017

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.


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